Now that’s what I call a prayer. And isn’t it remarkable that rather than standing back and taking in the awe of his masterpieces, he bowed his head and prayed for an insatiable appetite for achievement, unwavering drive, and unending ambition? Imagine a world in which a few more of us were that bold. I’m inspired to postpone my satisfaction this week, are you?
With my first preliminary exam on Friday, I found myself meditating with this prayer, but beefed up to the version written below.
Thank you for this challenge and opportunity to show what I have learned. Let my mind be still, secure in my knowledge and preparation, and free from the pressure I feel. Let me be comforted by how hard I have worked to ready myself for this day. Let me embrace the chance to be successful and expose my talents. And when I put my worries aside, let me think clearly and creatively. Let me work accurately and insightfully. Let my explanations be exact and thorough. Let me go confidently and leave satisfied, knowing that I was brave and did my best.
We are all familiar with the famous quote by astronaut Neil Armstrong about a small step for man and a leap for mankind. The eloquence with which Armstrong described the wonder and grace of his moon landing is beautifully juxtaposed by this concise prayer, uttered by Shepard before launch.
Sometimes we get through our trials with grace. Sometimes it’s enough to get through without f…well…it’s enough to get through.
Thank you for this challenge. Let me think clearly and creatively. Let me work accurately and insightfully. Let my explanations be exact and thorough. Let me go confidently and leave satisfied.